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It's a story that's hard to believe, but police tell us it's true. WAVE 3 discovered a popular website is being used by prostitutes to advertise their services.
And maybe even more surprising is the area of town they're using for their late night rendezvous. Here's how it works. Usually on the same day, a meeting is arranged and police tell us it's happening on one of the most visited online classifieds in the world.
On Craigslist. Buy a bike, find an apartment, look for jobs and -- according to Louisville Police -- find prostitutes. They began using the site as part of their investigations a year ago.
It's not illegal to advertise an adult escort service on the site but "We set up undercover stings and had some of these girls come to us and they tried to perform an act of prostitution," said the undercover detective. Police say the girls are nomadic, moving from town to town.
When they get to a new location, it's time for a new ad. Just this week, police say they busted a cyber pimp -- 42 year old Joseph Dean Faulkenberg of Louisville. It turned out to be a date with an undercover officer.
Detectives showed us some on the site. One is from a girl who says her name is Melina, but investigators say she's actually 19 year old Tawny Badder. She was cited for prostitution last month.
Another listed her name as Jewel offering massages. Police say her real name is Kacey Newton and she too was cited last month for soliciting sex. Investigators say while some girls claim to be escorts, they actually use codes to advertise what's really for sale.
We tried to contact officials with Craigslist, but none of our phone calls or s were returned. Again, investigators tell us, it's not illegal to post for escort or massage services on the site.
Online Reporter: Scott Harvey. Online Producer: Charles Gazaway.
Police investigate popular online site as part of prostitution sting.